So Cheeky.

As a credo-baptist, I tend to think most paedo-baptists are inordinately reliant on the Old Testament, particularly overemphasizing continuity or reading continuity where there isn’t meant to be continuity.  But it could be worse.

Eastern Orthodoxy is inordinately reliant on a 12th-century Byzantine cultural interpretation of Christianity.  Just like some fundies got stuck in the fifties?  Orthodox got stuck in the 1150s.

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4 thoughts on “So Cheeky.

  1. “Credo-baptist.” Kinda like that term. Today I had a discussion with several pastoral colleagues about the need for some kind of boundaries on our denomination’s identity, and we decided we don’t know, corporately, who we are or where we’re headed because we don’t have, corporately, any boundaries on what we acknowledge as defining truth.

    Well, duh.

  2. I think the idea of explicit/implicit and allow/disallow needs to be an essential part of our interpretation of the Bible.

    So let’s start.

    Does the NT explicitly allow baptism of babies? No.
    Does the NT implicitly allow baptism of babies? No.
    Does the NT explicitly disallow baptism of babies? No.
    Does the NT implicitly disallow baptism of babies? No.

    Does the NT explicitly link baptism with circumcision in the OT? Yes.

    Does the OT explicitly allow circumcision of babies? Yes.
    Does the OT explicitly disallow circumcision of babies? No.

    Since the Baptism of babies is neither allowed nor disallowed either explicitly or implicitly in the NT, we have to rely upon the OT as our guide. And the OT certainly mandated the circumcision of babies. And the NT explicitly links Baptism with OT Circumcision.

  3. Yeah, I know the arguments, OSO. I don’t buy them, which is why I’m a credo-baptist. 🙂

    Tony, nah, I think non-fundie baptists are more than 1% of all Christendom. 😉

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